7 November 2016 - 25 November 2016
The research stay was very fruitful from the research work viewpoint since it was possible to prepare and characterize the above described materials but also for learning techniques, methodologies, and procedures which are part of the expertise of the research group in Bremen. The photocatalytic activity characterization of the synthesized compounds is being carried out at my home group, since I was able to bring back to my home institution samples of all the obtained compounds.
I am very grateful to MAPEX for the great opportunity to become an active part in a collaboration between the University of Florida in Gainesville and the University of Bremen that has been maintained for several years, now. My research stay at the University of Florida in the group of Prof. Weaver was very positive in each regard.
Weavers group is well known for their expertise on catalysis at rare earth oxides. I had an opportunity to work with other PhD students on characterizing the structure and growth of terbia films on Pt(111) using ultrahigh vacuum techniques. It was great to work with so many people of diverse background, focused on the same project and I really enjoyed the productive atmosphere.
12 August 2016 - 22 August 2016
My research stay in the group of Engineering Thermodynamics at the University of Bremen was very helpful and set the basics for possible collaborations in the future. During my visit, I had to the opportunity to present the work I have been conducting at Notre Dame regarding Monte Carlo algorithm development for simulations of phase equilibria. I received very valuable feedback about this method and how it can be improved. Specifically, I had very useful discussions with Dr. Kerlé and Dr. Rathke about microstructure formation in liquid phases that involve complex systems. This visit helped me to guide my research by giving me ideas of new simulation methodologies I could use. As a result, Dr. Kerlé and I plan to apply some of this methods in the future.
1 August 2016 - 31 August 2016
My stay at Aarhus University was full of excitements, finally meeting the scientists around Jeppe Vang Lauritsen and himself at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNano). Previously, all of them were best known to me for their work and impact on the growth and characterization of transition metal dichalgonides (TMDC) on the Au(111) single crystal surface.
But by now this workgroup is also known to me for their warm and heartily welcome and their obliging hospitality.
The visit to Bremen University enabled me to gain a better understanding of the role of Quantum
Mechanics (QM) calculations and the role they can play in identifying the adsorption behaviour of
gas adsorbates within Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). I was able to improve the description of
unsaturated hydrocarbon adsorption in MOFs containing Open Metal Sites (OMS) in simulation
models. This was achieved through further coupling of detailed QM simulations with more
experimentally relevant Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations. This would not have
been possible without the collaboration with Dr Fischer and MAPEX.
My stay at the Nottingham Trent university in the group of Professor Perry was very rewarding. The Biomolecular Materials Interface Research Group provided an excellent infrastructure to support my PhD studies and the group members were very obliging. The opportunity to benefit from their long time experience and expertise in the research field of biomolecule and materials interaction has open new insights and advance our research. Additionally the warm welcome of the group members and my landlady made my stays more than enjoyable.
The objective of the MAPEX research stay was the characterization of the structural integrity and surface interactions of submicron colloidosomes in aqueous and biological media. Differential centrifugal sedimentation (DCS), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and tranmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed for the analysis. It was possible to gain new insights about the stability and interactions of colloidosomes in plasma, and the outcomes will allow an improved synthesis of colloidosomes for biological applications.
The two weeks visit in the Molecular and Statistical Biophysics Group in Trieste was a productive, innovative and all around motivating experience. The opportunity of getting in touch with a group with longtime experience and expertise in a certain research field has provided precious insights and hints for my PhD project in Bremen.
4 October - 10 October 2015
My stay at the Chemische Kristallographie fester Stoffe group was extremely positive. The excellent infrastructure of this group and the helpfulness of its members made the stay very productive, educative, and enjoyable. Without any doubt, the MAPEX grant offered me a very nice opportunity in the context of my PhD studies.